The construction of a 6 megawatt (MW) renewable energy-powered data centre has been announced by eBay, as the online marketplace steps up its green credentials.
The centre, based in Utah, will use 30 Bloom Energy servers, each of which generates 1.75m kilowatt hours of electricity a year. This will make it the “largest non-utility fuel cell installation” in the US.
“We believe the future of commerce can be greener”, said John Donahoe, eBay president and CEO.
“Technology-led innovation is changing retail and revolutionising how people shop and pay. We also want to revolutionise how shopping is powered.
“We are embracing disruptive energy technology and designing it into our core data centre energy architecture. Running our data centres primarily on reliable, renewable energy, we intend to shape a future for commerce that is more environmentally sustainable at its core.”